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Kaylee Lukacena

Teaching Assistant


Email: kaylee.lukacena [at] uky.edu

Personal Website: http://comm.uky.edu/lukacena

Education
B.A., Communication, Muskingum University, 2014; M.A., Health Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016

Specialties
Health Communication; Health Campaigns; Interpersonal Communication

Bio
Kaylee M. Lukacena is a doctoral student and teaching assistant in the College of Communication and Information. Kaylee is invested in researching the intersection of health campaigns and interpersonal communication. Her current research explores the perceptions survivors of intimate partner violence hold in regard to the social support they receive from friends and family. Kaylee has taught multiple sections of Interpersonal Communication (COM 252), served as a teaching assistant for The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication (COM 314), and is currently teaching two sections of Communication Strategies for Professional Excellence (COM 326). Kaylee also serves as the Event Coordinator for the Communication Graduate Student Association.


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Courses Taught

This writing intensive course examines basic verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process between individuals in various interpersonal contexts. Course also requires participation in written and oral activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills. Topics may include: perspective-taking, relationship and conversation management, effective listening, conflict management, communication climate, communication anxiety, and cultural/gender differences in interpersonal communication.
Considers various theoretical perspectives which lead to a more thorough understanding of communication processes. Begins with discussion of the development of theory and inquiry. Includes perspectives of systems, cognitive, behavioral, affective, symbolic interactionist, dramatic, cultural and social reality, interpretive and critical theories.
Research and study of special topics in communication. The student proposes the specific study to be undertaken and formally contracts with a faculty supervisor for guidance and evaluation. Ordinarily, projects will require the production of written materials as a basis for the evaluation. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits.
Communication Strategies for Professional Excellence introduces students to a variety of technical and business theories and practices designed to be applicable to business communication in the real world. This course is focused on communication strategies to use once the job has been secured, rather than those to get the job (i.e., resume, cover letter, interviewing). Specifically, the course teaches the fundamentals of good business communication, including protocols for writing media notices/releases, marketing copy, business letters, memoranda, electronic mail, thank you notes, apology letters, persuasive messages, and business plans. Throughout these writing assignments, you will also become acquainted with the strategies used by communication professionals such as functions of media, employee, community, government, investor, and consumer relations. In addition, there will be instruction in oral presentation and in depth practice on both an individual and a collaborative basis. Finally, students will also learn tactics for running a business meeting, dealing with organizational conflict, and finding ways to enhance their business communication through technically based media.